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Salman Rushdie's Fiction Speech Explores What Truth Means in Fiction

 - Aug 3, 2013
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Author Salman Rushdie explores the idea of finding truth in fictional works in this fiction speech. Rushdie breaks down what truth means in terms of a fictional novel. He points out that the term fiction indicates that the characters don't exist, the settings aren't real and the events never occurred. However, Rushdie still states that there is truth in fiction.

Readers don't care that a character in a book isn't real. Rushdie says that what they care about is how believable the character is, what they are like, how they react. Readers want to be able to relate to characters and have them reveal truths about human behavior. This is how truth factors into fiction.

Rushdie claims that while a flying carpet isn't real, if an author writes about one in great detail after thinking about it in a serious way, it becomes believable.